Pink Ice Blocks on the Design Wall

While I had the temporary design wall up, I decided to throw the snow crystal blocks up and see how they looked.  This is a very preliminary arrangement as there’s some definite moving around that needs to be done.  I’m contemplating adding a 1″ sashing around the blocks and have an idea for a border that would involve half stars although no final decision is made on that yet.  If I use the 1″ sashing, I think I’ll use 1″ pink or perhaps green squares at the corners.

I was working on a Stormy Seas block on Tuesday night and realized I was constantly struggling with the thread as it was tangling frequently.  I usually use either Mettler 60/2 or DMC thread when piecing but for this block needed a blue that I had only in Aurifil.  The difference between those threads is quite striking.  Do you have  a favourite thread for piecing?  If so, why is it your favourite?

All that’s left now before I can start quilting the Ferris Wheel quilt is choosing the fabric I use for backing.  As the machine quilting is going to involve a bit of fabric wrestling, I want to use a silk batt.  I had a package of it but was a bit concerned as the package said it was 45 x 60, the exact size of my quilt, and I thought I might not have enough.  Thankfully, it is an extremely generous 45 x 60 and is the perfect size for the quilt.  The silk batt makes it so easy to manipulate the quilt sandwich and requires a lot less strength in the hands.  For me, that is an enormous bonus!

Smudge had been curled up having a snooze on the couch when Lester decided to wander over and join him.  By the look on Smudge’s face, I’m not sure he was thrilled about having company.

21 thoughts on “Pink Ice Blocks on the Design Wall

  1. Love how the pink ice blocks look! All the hard work has paid off. Sashing would look fantastic. What about setting them on point? I like Superior’s Masterpiece thread for piecing. It is a 50 weight so it is light enough so that the seams lay really flat.

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  2. Oooooo! Beautiful, Cathi! Can’t wait to see a better photo of this! I don’t think you need sashing, but if you want the sashing to make the top bigger, use white. You don’t want to detract from the stars and they’ll be floating, too.

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  3. How lovely to see the Pink Ice blocks all together! For my long term hand-piecing project I am using Aurifil cotton 50 wt, in cream – it is lovely to use. Perhaps the blue dye on the thread you used changed the feel of the thread? Hello to the kitties!

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  4. Oooo the blocks are so pretty all together :0) I use Mettler 50/3 and Aurifil equally. It’s been so long since I hand pieced I can’t remember which twisted the more (though it’s never really been an issue for me). I have always found that which end you thread onto your needle changes as you progress through a spool. The “official” rule about threading doesn’t really apply IMHO :0)

    Crispy

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  5. Oh I forgot to say that I wouldn’t be all that happy having that big ol’ tail in my face if I was trying to sleep either LOL.

    Crispy

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  6. Ok, today this is my favorite! Well, whichever one you post on a particular day is my favorite. The color variations are so interesting. Can’t wait to see how you decide to place them. I like your preliminary idea for the border.

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  7. What a fun picture of the boys! You know I love this layout. It really speaks to me. And gosh you already know this but I use YLI Quilting thread in tan for every single thing always. Now, I do have a black YLI Quilting thread that takes on a life of it’s own and I have no idea what the dang thread does that. I just never use it. It’s spooky!

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  8. Wow! That is one fine quilt! How large will it be when you sash it? I can really tell you love pinks!
    Your boys are just being friends, or at least it looks that way, unless one starts something….

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  9. Love the blocks Cathi. Stunning!
    I think you could do without sashings and cornerstones, unless you need a bigger sized quilt!
    I love to work with Aurifil cotton 50 and YLI thread is another favourite. The last one has some kind of wax added to the thread.

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  11. I love to use Aurifil 50/2 thread. It does matter what end of the thread you knot. Knot the cut end of the thread, otherwise you get twists and knots. Try Thread Heaven if it persists. 🙂

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  12. Hi Cathi, these stars are beautiful and I look forward to seeing how you arrange them finally.
    I love Auriful too but I haven’t tried Mettler for hand piecing. I like to use Thread Heaven on the thread it makes a huge difference.
    I’ve never tried a silk batt but having read your post I think I will next time I get that far with a project, LOL.
    The look on Smudge’s face is so funny it made me giggle. Smooches to them both, Ellyx

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